Cellular devices have become a big topic conversation over the past several years. According to a 2017 study study done by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of teens ages 13-17 worry that they use their phones too much. You’ve seen them, walking around campus with their heads down, staring into their screens. Maybe you’re one of them. The fact is, there are students across the country and at BL who are addicted to their phones and can never put them down. In response, the upper school implemented a new policy at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year: every teacher has phone pouches in their room and students have to store their phones there during class.
Boys’ Latin is a stepping stone to future success for many of those who have walked its halls. B.L. alumni have enjoyed accomplishments in academics, athletics, and business. Every year B.L. boasts an impressive graduating class, whose members go on to attend top colleges and contribute to the larger community. In this edition, The Inkwell is highlighting Ryan Hurley Class of 2018, currently attending the Georgia Institution of Technology.
Walking through the hallways at Boys’ Latin, it is hard to miss the debates about fantasy football each week. According to nfl.com, fantasy football first started in the United States in 1962 when the Oakland Raiders part owner Wilfred “Bill the Gill” Winkenbach developed a system of organization and a rulebook for an eight man fantasy football league. Since then, fantasy football spread across the country. Fantasy football drafts have changed the way people watch the sport, and it has sparked weekly conversations among fans.
Going into Boys’ Latin’s 2018-19 school year, as well as the 175th anniversary, you may see some new faces in the classroom. Joining the Upper school this year are Mr. Voso, Mr. Shepherd, and Ms. Berkstresser.
On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked in the worst terrorist attack on American soil ever. 3,000 people lost their lives on that day. Every year for the past 17 years, BL has recognized 9/11, known now as Patriot Day, with some type of assembly. Every year the assembly has had a different theme. The theme for this year’s Patriot Day assembly was service, and it was coordinated by Upper School Librarian Mrs. Ricci.